The Present State of Activities in this Field:

On a regional level, the Canadian Mine Environment Neutral Drainage (MEND), program is running for 7 years; similarly, Swedish National Environmental Monitoring Programme is active for several years. The periodical WRI (Water-Rock Interaction) meetings do a lot in the exchange of scientific information in the theoretical and experimental field. The U.S. High Level Nuclear Waste Disposal Program touches in some aspects the understand effects of anthropogenic activity on materials.

Stone decay is extensively studied within the the projects aimed at the cultural heritage preservation (e.g. STEP - EU project CT 900101), as well as the International Co-operative Programme „Materials“ program, EU Project #496 - Euromarble, ICOMOS and other. Mediterranean universities and research institutions perform research of the building stone deterioration due to marine spray (U. of Cordoba, Athens and others).

Nevertheless, worldwide coordination of such research efforts and firm connection of field experience with theoretical background is still missing in many aspects of anthropogenic weathering processes research. There exist large projects that have advanced subprojects on laboratory kinetics, field studies and sometimes modelling, but these parts often interact very little or in reality not at all. Today field research on weathering is very vivid, yet with little contact with modelling and no contact with laboratory research on kinetics (Harald Sverdrup).

NOTE: The above part on current activities asks for being updated by all readers. Please do not hesitate to let us (sulovsky@sci.muni.cz)know of any activity more or less closely related to the subject of the presented Project..

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